Pharmaceutical industry donates BGN 1m, 3 hospitals receive 5 ventilators from Delyan Peevski
US Ambassador, H.E. Herro Mustafa: Bulgarian medical workers and community volunteers are showing remarkable strengthMonitor News Agency , Sofia
The Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Bulgaria (ARPharM) and its member companies have donated over BGN 1m to support the Bulgarian healthcare system in fighting the new coronavirus.
The “United against COVID-19” response fund is set to give out more than BGN 800,000 to local hospitals, community centres, civic organisations and social enterprises across the country. Speaking on the initiative, US Ambassador to Sofia, H.E. Herro Mustafa, said that Bulgarian medical workers and community volunteers are showing remarkable strength and resilience in this difficult period.
“The “United against COVID-19” fund aims to provide these heroes with the support they need,” Ambassador Mustafa said, adding: “The US Embassy is proud to partner with the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Bulgarian Donor’s Forum on this initiative.”
The fund, to which 21 companies, foundations and individuals have contributed so far, was set up to support community projects that address health and social needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Bulgarian hospitals, civic organisations, community centres and social enterprises from all parts of the country can apply for funding by filling an online form available at a dedicated website: www.United4BG.org. The application deadline for the first round of projects is 16 April.
“United against COVID-19” will support projects that assist vulnerable groups affected by the crisis, including medical staff, people with disabilities, the elderly, children, minorities, the homeless, the unemployed, single parents and others.
“This crisis demonstrates the power of initiative, philanthropy and unity,” said Nancy Schiller, president and CEO of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
Meanwhile, donations across the country are growing. A total of BGN 130,000 has been donated to the hospital in Kardzhali by MRF lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski. The personal financial relief provided to doctors on the front line is BGN 50,000. The MP also supplied the hospital, free of charge, with two ventilators with a combined value of BGN 72,000, as well as face shields, personal protective equipment, tests, etc.
Peevski also donated to the “St Petka” General Hospital in Vidin. The donation came in response to the medical facility’s plea for support in combating COVID-19. And so, the Vidin hospital received two ventilators and the sum of BGN 10,000 as part of the latest show of the lawmaker’s generosity. This is not the first donation of the MP to the region. A few days ago, he donated face masks to the most vulnerable group of people there. On Thursday, the municipal councilors representing MRF-Blagoevgrad delivered a ventilator donated by Peevski to the intensive care unit of the hospital in Blagoevgrad.
“We are grateful to the donor for this ventilator, which comes at a crucial time for us. The machine itself is the latest technology on the market,” Dr. Ognyan Mitev, president of the medical facility, told Monitor. Vedat Hyusein, MRF leader for the Blagoevgrad region, added: “In addition to ventilators, Mr Peevski has donated the hospitals in Blagoevgrad, Razlog and Gotse Delchev BGN 5,000 each as well as masks and other types of protective gear.” Ventilators were also provided to the hospitals in Razlog and Gotse Delchev. So far, donations by Delyan Peevski amount to more than BGN 3m.